Joe Beirne Scholarship

Members: This is to remind you that the application process for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year will close on April 30, 2019. Attached you will find a copy of the Beirne Foundation scholarship rules. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved the awarding of sixteen (16) partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for two years. Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren, including the …

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Big Wins for Working Families in Midterm Elections

CWAers across the country won major victories for working families on Election Day, electing strong, pro-worker candidates who will change the face of Congress, state houses, and hundreds of local and municipal offices from coast-to-coast, and passing ballot measures that will increase wages and strengthen our democracy. CWA members and retirees led a sophisticated political program and a year-long effort to highlight the failed promises of the Republican corporate tax cut bill that made the …

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New T-Mobile Hire is Another Reminder of Jobs at Risk in Proposed Merger with Sprint

T-Mobile has hired former CenturyLink executive Sunit Patel to help oversee its proposed merger with Sprint – another disturbing indication that the merger would result in the layoffs of thousands of current employees from the two companies. CWA represents more than 11,000 workers at CenturyLink. Patel helped oversee the company’s merger with Level 3. After that merger, CenturyLink laid off 1,000 employees, with a company spokesperson admitting that “the combination of two large companies…creates redundant …

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North Carolina CWAers Hold Town Hall Meeting to Discuss How to Save Call Center Jobs

Dozens of working North Carolinians gathered in Greensboro Tuesday for a town hall discussion on the future of call center work in the state and to discuss concerns about middle class jobs being moved out of state or overseas. CWA, which represents North Carolina call center workers at AT&T and American Airlines, hosted the discussion with union members from multiple industries, trade experts, and elected officials. AT&T call center worker Ricky Totten, auto worker Jerry …

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Senator Ted Cruz Is Wrong About Corporate Tax Cuts, Wages, and Jobs

During his closing statement at Friday night’s U.S. Senate debate with Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) noted that in November there will be “a lot of things on the ballot” including jobs and paychecks. He bragged that two Texas-based corporations, AT&T and American Airlines, had given one-time bonuses after the corporate tax cut bill passed and claimed that cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans has led to an increase in …

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CWA Sues Facebook for Gender Discrimination on Job Ads

CWA, the ACLU, and Outten & Golden LLP filed charges this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook and 10 other employers for unlawfully discriminating on the basis of gender by targeting their job ads on Facebook to male Facebook users only – excluding all women and non-binary users from receiving the ads. Targeting job ads by sex is unlawful under federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including Title VII of …

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What it means to be strong

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. It has been a tough year for working people in our country. Exhibit A is the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision to prevent public sector unions from collecting fair share fees is part of a long campaign by corporate executives and right-wing groups to restrict our ability to join together in strong unions to speak up for ourselves, our families and our communities. Janus is …

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Court Strikes Down Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

Good news for working people! A federal judge has ruled that President Trump violated the law by issuing a union-busting executive order to attack workers’ rights and deny more than 2 million federal workers their legal right to representation. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that the Trump administration’s May 25 anti-union executive order on official time violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution …

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CWA Member Urges Legislators to Protect Call Center Jobs

Betsy LaFontaine, Vice President of CWA Local 4621 and an AT&T customer service representative who works out of a call center in Oshkosh, Wis., highlighted the need for action to protect call center jobs at the annual meeting of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee last month. In her presentation, LaFontaine spoke about what the job of being a customer service representative is like, emphasizing that call center jobs can be great jobs for many communities …

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